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During the spring seasons of 2018 and 2019, Joshua Tree National Park will be piloting a free shuttle service, the RoadRunner Shuttle bus. This service runs throughout the day throughout the northern section of the park. During the two year trial period, all entrance fees are waived for park entrance for shuttle riders. This means that shuttle riders can get into the park for free!
 

Shuttle Bus Map

Buses enter the park from the towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms and travel through the northern section of the park.
 
Color map of the RoadRunner Shuttle system. There are three bus routes; one from Joshua Tree to Hidden Valley, one that goes around the interior of the park, and one from Twentynine Palms to Jumbo Rocks. The interior route connects the two external routes
RoadRunner Shuttle Map
 
Color image of three bus routes and their connections in the park. One bus goes from Joshua Tree to Hidden Valley, with a stop on the way. The middle goes from Hidden Valley to Jumbo Rocks. The last from Jumbo to 29 Palms.
Route map for the RoadRunner shuttle buses.
 

Where to Start Your Trip and Park Your Car

In Joshua Tree

Bus stop
Corner of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard in front of the Joshua Tree Saloon (southeast corner of the intersection). Look for the Morongo Basin Transit Authority bus stop shelter.
Parking
Parking is located in the large dirt parking lot across the street from the Joshua Tree Visitor Center.

In Twentynine Palms

Bus stops
  • On Encelia Drive, near Stater Brothers and Burger King. Look for the Morongo Basin Transit Authority bus stop shelter.
  • Twentynine Palms Transit Center
  • Oasis Visitor Center
Parking
Parking is available near the stop on Encelia Drive and at the Twentynine Palms Transit Center. All-day street parking is available near the Oasis Visitor Center stop.
 

Shuttle Bus Schedule


The following times are approximate. Buses may be delayed by traffic.

Eastbound: Joshua Tree to Twentynine Palms

Joshua Tree Boy Scout Trail Hidden Valley Barker Dam Intersection Rock Hidden Valley Ryan Mountain Jumbo Rocks Oasis Visitor Center Transit Center Stater Bros
8 am 8:24 8:30 8:36 8:42 8:44 8:55 9:04 - - -
- - 9 am 9:06 9:12 9:14 9:25 9:34 - - -
- - 9:30 9:36 9:42 9:44 9:55 10:04 - - -
- - 10 am 10:06 10:12 10:14 10:25 10:34 10:55 11 am 11:08
10 am 10:24 10:30 10:36 10:42 10:44 10:55 11:04 - - -
- - 11 am 11:06 11:12 11:14 11:25 11:34 - - -
- - 11:30 11:36 11:42 11:44 11:55 12:04 - - -
- - noon 12:06 12:12 12:14 12:25 12:34 12:55 1 pm 1:08
noon 12:24 12:30 12:36 12:42 12:44 12:55 1:04 - - -
- - 1 pm 1:06 1:12 1:14 1:25 1:34 - - -
- - 1:30 1:36 1:42 1:44 1:55 2:04 - - -
- - 2 pm 2:06 2:12 2:14 2:25 2:34 2:55 3 pm 3:08
2 pm 2:24 2:30 2:36 2:42 2:44 2:55 3:04 - - -
- - 3 pm 3:06 3:12 3:14 3:25 3:34 - - -
- - 3:30 3:36 3:42 3:44 3:55 4:04 - - -
- - 4 pm 4:06 4:12 4:14 4:25 4:34 4:55 5 pm 5:08
4 pm 4:24 4:30 4:36 4:42 4:44 4:55 5:04 - - -
- - 5 pm 5:06 5:12 5:14 5:25 5:34 - - -
- - 5:30 5:36 5:42 5:44 5:55 6:04 - - -
- - 6 pm 6:06 6:12 6:14 6:25 6:34 6:55 7 pm 7:08
- - 6:30 6:36 6:42 6:44 6:55 7:04 - - -
- - 7:30 7:36 7:42 7:44 7:55 8:04 8:25 8:30 8:38

Westbound: Twentynine Palms to Joshua Tree

Stater
Bros
Transit
Center
Oasis
Visitor
Center
Jumbo
Rocks
Ryan
Mountain
Hidden
Valley
Boy Scout
Trail
Joshua
Tree
8 am 8:08 8:13 8:34 8:44 8:56 - -
- - - 9:04 9:14 9:26 - -
- - - 9:34 9:44 9:56 - -
- - - 10:04 10:14 10:26 10:32 11 am
10 am 10:08 10:13 10:34 10:44 10:56 - -
- - - 11:04 11:14 11:26 - -
- - - 11:34 11:44 11:56 - -
- - - 12:04 12:14 12:26 12:32 1 pm
noon 12:08 12:13 12:34 12:44 12:56 - -
- - - 1:04 1:14 1:26 - -
- - - 1:34 1:44 1:56 - -
- - - 2:04 2:14 2:26 2:32 3 pm
2 pm 2:08 2:13 2:34 2:44 2:56 - -
- - - 3:04 3:14 3:26 - -
- - - 3:34 3:44 3:56 - -
- - - 4:04 4:14 4:26 4:32 5 pm
4 pm 4:08 4:13 4:34 4:44 4:56 - -
- - - 5:04 5:14 5:26 - -
- - - 5:34 5:44 5:56 - -
- - - 6:04 6:14 6:26 - -
- - - 7:04 7:14 7:26 - -
 

What to bring

  • Water
    There is no water available in the park. Bring at least one gallon per person, per day, especially if you will be hiking or climbing in the park.
  • Sunscreen and protective clothing
    There is little to no shade in most places. Protect your skin from the elements and your body from dehydration. Sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt and pants, and a wide-brimmed hat are a must in the desert.
  • Food
    There is no food available in the park. Bring salty snacks and food for an entire day.
  • Layers
    Temperatures change drastically in the park over the course of a day. Bring layers of clothing for the chilly mornings and late evenings.
  • Camera
    Boulders, Joshua trees, cactus, and more!
  • Map
    You won't have cell service in the park, so be sure to pick up a free map and newspaper at a park visitor center before boarding the bus.
 

What to know before you go

  • Cell service
    There is no cell service available in the park.
  • Services
    There are no food or grocery services in the park.
  • Staying overnight
    During the spring season, campgrounds are full nearly every night. Plan ahead and make reservations.
  • Bus routes
    The last bus in from Joshua Tree at 4 pm does not return to Joshua Tree. If you're on this bus, you will be spending the night in the park or will need to exit in Twentynine Palms. Confirm your route with the bus driver.
  • Bus stops
    Buses will only drop-off and pick-up at designated stops.
  • Accessibility
    All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.
  • Pets
    Pets in crates are allowed on shuttle buses if they fit on the rider's lap. They are not permitted on the floor or in the aisle. Learn more about having your pet in the park.
  • Bicycles
    Each bus can carry two bicycles.

Last updated: April 11, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597

Phone:

(760) 367-5500

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